FALL in love.

September 27, 2013

It’s time to say goodbye to summer and hello to fall. Time to welcome cooler weather, sweaters and pumpkin flavored everything. Living in Florida, we often don’t get the atmospheric changes of fall such as the leaves changing colors or cool autumn breezes. Despite our constant greenery, Floridians can get in the fall spirit too!

Decorating the home to match the season is a quick and easy way to celebrate.

1. Add a touch of autumn to your home décor with Autumnal colors, wicker pieces and accent pieces from nature such as gourds, pumpkins, branches or dried leaves.

2. Instead of carving pumpkins this fall, try a unique approach of painting your pumpkin. You can create endless designs using acrylic paint and painter’s tape. Try designs such as a two-tone, dipped look or popular chevron stripes. Take a look at these,“12 Painted Pumpkin Ideas” to gather inspiration.  Set a bewitching scene inside or out with jack-o’-lanterns in whimsical, easy-to-paint designs this fall.

3. Spice up any door with an autumn themed wreath. This splash of fall color brings warmth and life to any front door.

4. Fill your home the delicious smells of fall with pumpkin, spiced apple or cinnamon. These signature autumn scents are sure to bring the feeling of fall in your home.

5. Another great way to bring the scents of fall into your home is to do a little fall baking. Not only will your house smell amazing but indulging yourself with a warm pumpkin treat will surely put you in the mood for the season.

Check out this easy recipe for pumpkin cinnamon rolls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PUMPKIN CINNAMON ROLLS

Author: Erin Alderson

Recipe type: Breakfast

Prep time:  2 hours 30 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time:  3 hours

 

Serves: 12

  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2½ teaspoon yeast
  • ⅓ cup natural sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • ⅓ cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 whole eggs
  • 4- 4½ cup Unbleached all purpose flour
  • divider filling
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ⅔ cup sucanat
  • ¼ cup natural sugar
  • 2 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • divider Pumpkin Glaze
  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • ¼ cup natural sugar
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ¼-1/2 cup milk
  • Heat milk (either in a sauce pan or microwave) until milk begins to simmer- add butter. Let cool until a warm temperature (about 120˚)
  • In a stand mixer bowl, at milk mixture, yeast, and sugar. Let sit for five minutes. Add 3 cups of flour, salt, pumpkin, eggs and start mixer with dough hook. Add the remaining flour, ½ cup at a time continuing until the dough pulls together. Continue kneading the dough until smooth and elastic- at least eight minutes.
  • Either in the mixer bowl or a separate bowl, lightly spray the dough with cooking oil and place in a warm, draft free spot until dough has doubled in size (around an hour and a half.)
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll out into a 10 by 14 rectangle. Rub butter over entire surface and cover with sucanat mixture. Roll the dough into a log, squeeze slightly and adjust to form. Cut into 12 pieces (cut in half, the cut each half into half then each piece is cut into three pieces.) Place in a sprayed 9 X 13 pan.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator overnight. (Or if you want to continue on, cover and let rise for another hour and follow with remaining instructions.)
  • The next morning, preheat the oven to 350˚ and remove cinnamon rolls from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for a half hour.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until cinnamon rolls are a nice golden brown color. Let cool slightly.
  • While cinnamon rolls cool slightly, combine icing ingredients and while cinnamon rolls are still warm spoon icing over the rolls.

Enjoy while warm (as if there is such a thing as cold cinnamon rolls-usually they are gone before they even have the chance to cool down!)

For more tips, tricks and recipes for the fall season visit our Pinterest Page and follow our boards.

 

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